Assistants Hired @ Austin Peay
Editor: This is part of a press release from letsgopeay.com.
CLARKSVILLE—Austin Peay State University men’s basketball head coach Matt Figger has announced that Dalonte Hill and Ricky Cabrera will join his coaching staff.
Hill is a former assistant at Maryland who also served on staff with Figger at Kansas State, while Cabrera comes to Clarksville from Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee Tech, where he had been on staff since 2012-13.
“Both of those guys have been associate head coaches at other program,” Figger said. “They have a lot of experience bringing in high-major level kids. They’re both great on-the-court teachers and communicators and will represent our university well. Both of them get me and understand me. I have a huge amount of trust in both of them.”
A former guard for the Golden Eagles, Cabrera spent five seasons on the sidelines in Cookeville, ascending to associate head coach duties in 2015-16 under Steve Payne.
“Rick played for me at Vincennes and has always been part of my life in the coaching world,” Figger said. “I coached him and I have a huge amount of trust in him.”
Hill earned a reputation as an ace recruiter during his time at Kansas State and Maryland, helping the Terrapins rebuild with back-to-back top-25 signing classes (2012-13)
Hill and Figger served on staff at Kansas State from 2006-11 for Bob Huggins and Frank Martin, aiding Martin as he built the Wildcats from a lightly-regarded squad to a Big 12 power; after Huggins left following Hill’s first season, Martin promoted him to associate head coach.
“At Kansas State, we were part of a lot of wins together,” Figger said. “He knows what I want to do and has my vision and is someone I trust deeply.”
“Each hire is a guy who has been a friend of mine since I’ve been in this business,” Figger said. “I’m big about loyalty and trust and these guys have helped me get to where I am as the head coach at Austin Peay.“